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Fine Art HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Fine Arts & Photography, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

30th Aug 2021, 1 year


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    This course includes both traditional and innovative art practices. It gives you a broad visual education in contemporary art practice.

    You'll develop your skills in a range of specialist disciplines and increase your awareness and knowledge of conceptual thinking. It also gives you the opportunity to develop and strengthen a portfolio of artwork.

    You will be awarded an HNC Art & Design (Fine Art) on successful completion of this course and will have enough credit points to continue on to 2nd year of an HND course.

    We have a department Instagram - @artcogc - where you can see examples of student work and processes. 

    This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 7. 

    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements

    • Higher Art and Higher English at Grade C or above AND two National 4 qualifications; OR
    • NQ Art and Design; OR
    • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

    Additional selection requirements

    • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.
    • You'll also be asked to submit a portfolio of your art and design work for assessment - Portfolio Guidance.

    ESOL entry requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

    What you study

    You'll study:

    • Developmental Drawing.
    • Art and Design Context.
    • Introduction to Digital Art Form.
    • Conceptual Process.
    • 2D Practice.
    • 3D Practice.
    • Painting.
    • Sculpture.
    • Life Drawing.
    • Printmaking.
    • Photography.
    • A graded unit.

    After the course


    This course prepares you for work as an independent exhibiting artist, depending on the calibre of your work, your motivation and self-promotion skills.

    Continuing Study

    Successful students will be encouraged to continue their education by applying for the HND (2nd Year) in Fine Art/ Contemporary Art Practice.

    You might also apply for art school or university degree courses.


    How the course is taught

    This course will be delivered through blended learning with demonstrations, lectures and practical activities.

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      30th Aug 2021, 1 year
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome